February 2016

Juliet may not know the nominees (neither may I for that matter) but she CAN appreciate any chance to play dress up.  We had fun getting all dolled up for Kidville Fidi’s kid-friendly Oscar party and even were able to giveaway tickets to a lucky raffle winner through our Fab Kids FB page.  (Congrats, Tiffany!)  If you’re not following us yet there, make sure to like the page to be invited to future fab kids’ events!kids oscar party

To answer the age-old question , “What was she wearing?”

The sequin pill hat was an on-sale item that I bought from a ballet school that was selling off old recital costumes (and accessories).  The Valentino inspired rock studded shoes were from one of my Chinese wholesaler contacts and the dress from another Chinese wholesaler contact.  You can buy a similar one through a retailer here.

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Here is a pictorial review in meme form of our fun time at this fabulous kiddie event with red carpet and all!

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For more on Kidville and their fun class offerings, click here to see my review!  And for more pics from this event, visit our new friends Eunice and Winter here.

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Before even having visited Disney World, (which Juliet had done 2 Decembers ago), she loved Mickey and his entire gang.  We have watched the show, played with the dolls, figurines, and Disney toys and have watched her growing up saying, “Oh toodles!” So when it came to celebrating her 3rd birthday at home with family, I decided to bring out all her Clubhouse characters and throw a Mickey Minnie 3rd birthday party.

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The oversized “3” was just some cut up cardboard that I covered in 75cent gift wrap paper from Michael’s. I simply glued the paper onto the 3.  And used the remaining paper as: backdrop, dining table runner and dessert table decor.  Mickey and Minnie love black and white stripes and polka dots and so do I!

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The dining room table was set with cheap paper plates, cups and straws from Target proving you don’t have to spend a lot to add a sophisticated level of decor to a kid’s party.  Just forgo the character plates and linens and opt for modern patterns and a coordinated look.  And much of this stuff was re-purposed party goods from past parties (i.e. the striped banner from my black and white party and halloween party, the mini party hats from our at-home new year’s bash).

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Each place setting was unique in its own way, yet coordinated still.

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And instead of traditional cone-shaped kids’ birthday hats, I opted for mickey ears and glitter top hats.  Even grandma got into it!

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The dinner menu consisted of breaded pork chops, roasted potatoes, panko crusted cauliflower, mixed vegetables, rice and these skewered fruit.  I considered making a Mickey themed menu and had a whole Pinterest board devoted to such ideas but in the end scrapped the idea in favor of foods that I knew the family would favor (over a hot-diggity dog bar for instance).

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At the last minute I was also able to have delivered these delectable Mickey mouse and Minnie mouse shaped cake pops from The Current Mood.  How cute are they??  I just stuck them into styrofoam rectangles. Easy peasy!

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My daughter loves cake and she loves lollipops.  These were the perfect mix!

minnie mouse cake pop(Notice her Minnie Mouse tights)?  I’m all about dressing in theme.

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For fun, I posted Mickey’s face on a bare wall and asked the kids to pin Mickey’s smile after being twirled around with a blindfold on. Juliet since she was just 3 was given the distinct advantage of not being blindfolded.  Birthday girls get all the perks after all!

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Even daddy got in on the action.

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Juliet loved opening all her presents and especially loved her new ride-on, an electronic white/black motorcycle – notice how its colors match the party decor?  Nice job, daddy!

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Other entertainment included Mickey / Minnie Mouse toys like the ones below.  “If fun and fashion are what you seek,” these toys would totally satisfy!

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What a joy it was planning this party!  Thanks for taking a peek inside our Mickey clubhouse!  Please leave a comment with what you liked most!  And special thanks to BSM Media & Disney for sending us the sponsored #disneyside party supplies seen here (Mickey pin the smile game, Mickey clubhouse character straw attachments for instance).

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Stay tuned for birthday party #2 with all her school friends!

 

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Getting the mail is so much more exciting nowadays with the advent of subscription box services.  Suddenly in addition to the usual spam and bills, I pick up celebrity chef designed foods, kids toys and fashions.  This blog post is a review of Sprouting Threads, the latest styling service geared to kids aged 2-8.

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They send you a box full of clothes hand-picked for you based on the style profile you submitted online (a fun and easy pictorial Q&A).

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It gives the members options of frequency, quantity & assortment to meet your needs. The $20 styling fee can be credited toward a purchase of two or more new items – keep what you want and return the rest for free (return label is included just in case).  You can opt for monthly or seasonal deliveries and can receive between 2 and 5 outfits per delivery.  Prices vary depending on what is kept. Appaman, Tea and Andy & Evan are just a few of the popular boutique brands that they work with.  Below is a plaid “Blue Pony Vintage” Sprouting Threads dress that we styled with a H&M fur vest, Old Navy tights and Fab Kids fringe boots. IMG_0705

Juliet wore this outfit to her friend’s birthday party.

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The service is a great way to introduce yourself to new brands that you may be unfamiliar with.  The below “Go Gently Baby” mock turtleneck dress for instance was so cute paired with a blazer, sneakers, tights and a purse already in our closet.

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Juliet looked extra studious wearing this getup to school.

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One of the full outfits that we chose to keep included this plaid flannel blouse and cordoroy pant set from Tea.  Here you see it paired with classic boots, a Gap ear headband and gifted sunglasses and stuffed animal.

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This was her on the way to the candy shop – cool and always ready to pose for momarazzi.

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Today for school, she sported the comfy fuschia leggings found in our subscription box.  It’s by Tooby Doo.  And here it’s paired with a Jcrew coat and First Impressions Baby tee.

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Her smile here perfectly replicated mine when I received this fashionable box of goodies.

The unique feature with Sprouting Threads is how sustainable of a brand they are.  They promote re-using and re-cycling of clothes, something I’m also an advocate of.   When your child has outgrown an item, you can return it for 20% credit toward your next package.  And you can also send in your gently used kids fashions (not originally sent by Sprouting Threads) in for a possible credit to their service.  For more information, visit Sprouting Threads and receive 25% off your first box with code “STELLA25.”   Let me know what you think!

Full disclosure.  This post was sponsored by Sprouting Threads. I received a complimentary subscription box to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Easter is all about the hunt.  And Fab Kids hunt for the perfect Easter fashions way ahead of time.  With one month to go and this handy Fab Kids shopping list, you’re sure to have a picturesque holiday.  Just hunt for these 5 fab kids’ accessories:

  1.  Bunny Ears.  Bunny ears come in all shapes and sizes these days.  You don’t have to just go with the dollar store white and pink ones anymore.  Choose your outfit, and I promise, there will be a perfectly coordinating bunny ear set out there for you somewhere.  Shop Etsy for instance, or get your glue gun out and craft your own!easter fab kids
  2. Mini top hat.  Top hats scream fancy.  And mini-top hats are just well, fancy, and freakin’ adorable!  And isn’t that what your fab kid should be on Easter?  Place one of these miniature top hats on a child and you’ve got yourself instant cuteness overload.  If you don’t believe me, just check out these fab kids from around the world sporting what I think is one of the most unique Easter accessories you could own. mini top hat
  3. Oversized flower crown.  Nothing says spring more than flowers.  Supersize them and your child will attract adoring fans everywhere she goes.  She’ll be an instant mood booster to everyone who sees her!flower crown
  4. Easter hat.  If the above head accessories are not your style, go the traditional route and hunt for the perfect Easter hat.  Accessorize Accessorize Accessorize.  Easter is the one time when your head should NOT be bare.  easter hats
  5. Sunglasses. The Easter outfit begs for a bit of swagger and what better to boost that than a pair of hot sunglasses?  Even the shyest kid will look cooler and more confident with some shades.  Plus they make for memorable superstar photos.  Try it out!kids sunglasses

For more fabulous inspiration and the most amazing minifashionistas from around the world, be sure to follow @fab_kids on IG and FB!  Have fun hunting!  How do you usually play dress up during Easter?

 

 

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If you’re looking for a fun Valentine’s party or wanting to make your next play date a little more special, think about getting wild with an animal-theme!

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I wasn’t ready to tear down my wild for you decor from my pancakes and pajamas play date and decided to host another Wild For You Valentine making play date with 2 more of our favorite Valentines.

IMG_1120The kids wore matching bear-eared heart jumpsuits for some adorable photos and enjoyed crafting their own Valentine hearts and decorating heart-shaped cookies.

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Here are some close-ups! The beverage bottles were simply unstickered Starbucks coffee cups decorated with items from Target’s $1 bin.

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Pigs in a blanket were a fun animal-themed toddler snack.

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Strawberry applesauce and fruits in festive dotted cups, animal crackers, organic cow shaped grahams, and panda sweets were also available for the kids.IMG_1072 IMG_1086 wild for you valentine making Be sure to continue the wild theme with animal prints (here seen on the duvet cover-turned linen), animal puzzles toys and books, and stuffed animals.

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Each child brought home this favor bag stuffed with their Valentine’s creations and each mom went home with a heart-shaped box of Godiva Valentine’s chocolates.

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To see the 2nd birthday party where all these DIY decorated animal figurines originally came from, click here. 

And to see my 6 tips for hosting a pajamas and pancakes play date like this for under $10 click here. 

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I try to celebrate the every day in style.  Even when it comes to hosting play dates, I like to elevate the experience by offering something a little more memorable than your average mommy and me meetup.  Here’s how I hosted a pajamas and pancake play date at my home for less than $10.  Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration for your next children’s gathering.

1).  Find a fun theme.  Themes get people brainstorming and anticipating the excitement that lies ahead.  And for a play date, they immediately make meetups special.  I had never held a breakfast play date before so I set this one up with a pajamas and pancake theme. (invite from Paperless Post)

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2).  Use what you have.  There’s no reason to spend a lot.  Search around the house and find items that may inspire you. I noticed for instance that Juliet had amassed a bunch of Play doh gifts so I hosted a Play doh themed playdate – same with Hello KittyClick on those earlier blog posts for more ideas!

This time around I was determined to use my leftover 2nd birthday decor.

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I figured these plastic animal figurines that I bought wholesale and decorated for Juliet’s party animal themed birthday could easily turn into a fun ‘wild for you’ Valentine’s decoration. I just cut out letters freehand from scrapbook paper that I already had.   And even used coordinating tissues (yes as in travel-sized Kleenex) found at Target for $1 to make the ‘YOU’ cutout letters.

wild for youThe animal figurine display set the backdrop for the pajamas and pancake play date nicely.

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To continue the animal decor, I sat furry stuffed animals on each chair which helped welcome our sweet little guests, strung animal Valentine’s cards that I found for $1 at Target into a banner, and laid down a twin sized duvet cover that was a pink zebra print for the table linen.  (Think out of the box!)  And the melon rectangles that awaited the kids were stamped with bunny bento cutters that I already owned.

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3).  Encourage pancake decorating! It’s not often you’re encouraged to play with your food but it sure is fun!  Our pancake decorating station included:  sprinkles in 6 colors, mini chocolate chips, blueberries, rasberries, whipped cream and syrup.

image13And I made the pancakes PINK to coordinate with the decor and add some Valentine’s fun.   Too cute! IMG_0927

pancake party To add to the menu, I made heart shaped omeletes (with mushroom, red pepper and cheese) as well as offering muffins and organic granola bars to the mix for variety.

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4).  Elevate your play date style.  Kids meals, parties and play dates don’t have to mean primary colors and character paper plates.  For this get together, simple white paper plates were placed onto beautiful chargers.  Coordinating paper napkins were folded with kids silverware, and adult cake plates and platters added contrasting height to the arrangements.

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5).  Prepare toys within theme.  For this Wild For You Pajama and pancake play date, I made sure to bring out furry stuffed animals, animal puzzles, animal games and toys.  IMG_0948

Of course, sometimes the kids will find other toys just as fascinating and that’s ok.

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6).  Don’t forget the fashion.  Consider how you can incorporate the theme with fashion!  And don’t hesitate to get kitschy or a little wild.  It’s play time and whimsy should be encouraged!  For instance, at Juliet’s party animal themed 2nd birthday, we asked everyone to dress in their ‘wildest’ fashions which turned guests of all ages up in bunny ears, animal prints and darling animal heads all over their clothes. For this animal themed play date though, I actually styled the kids (meaning I bought and returned for the photo shoot) coordinating animal printed pajamas.

gap pajamasAnd I accessorized with furry hats that we already owned.  You can buy similar hats here.  Use my promo code 012BC82D8 for a FREE HAT (just pay s&h).  They have tons of cute styles for infants, toddlers and even adults!

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For more Fab Kids themed playdates, and special event invites, make sure to like facebook.com/fabkidsnyc and send me an email with your email, names and age of child!  If you’re in the NYC area you should join us for our upcoming Easter bunny brunch, Fab Fit Fun mommy meetups, red white and blue July 4th picnic, and white party in the summer!  Spread the word and tell a friend.

xoxo,

Stella

 

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